It takes more than a blog to lead

What makes a leader? If I was going to throw some words out they would include: Courage. Hard work. Relationships. Sacrifice. Empathy. Self control. Vision. Responsibility. Confidence. Passion. Integrity. Excellence. Service. Commitment. Discernment. Love. Vulnerability. (I’m stopping, but the list could go on and on.)

What doesn’t make a leader? Good looks. A title. A position. A blog. A book with your name on the cover. A degree. Money. (All of this stuff is fine and can enhance your leadership, but they don’t make you a leader.) 

Leadership is not for the faint at heart. It’s hard work! The art of leadership is difficult to pick up from a coach, or a seminar, or a magazine article (although I do know of a great magazine for leaders). As the great Peter Drucker once said,

Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people” — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

Disclaimer: I don’t have a problem with blogs! (I’m writing this on a blog after all.) Beth and I both have a nice list of blogs that we follow. Blogs are great when they are thought-provoking and help you improve — in whatever area of life. My point is to get you thinking about what really makes someone a leader.

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6 Comments on “It takes more than a blog to lead”

  1. 1 Sheila Edeliant said at 7:19 pm on March 13th, 2012:

    A true leader must have a true dependence on God. I do believe that gleaning some tips from other godly leaders that you trust is one way He teaches us, though. We should be networking with an eye for God’s glory. I definitely appreciate a blog that is clearly written that way. :)

  2. 2 Sheila Edeliant said at 7:19 pm on March 13th, 2012:

    A true leader must have a true dependence on God. I do believe that gleaning some tips from other godly leaders that you trust is one way He teaches us, though. We should be networking with an eye for God’s glory. I definitely appreciate a blog that is clearly written that way. :)

  3. 3 rfrank said at 12:49 am on March 14th, 2012:

    You’re right on the dependence on God thing for sure! Thanks for the comment!

  4. 4 rfrank said at 12:49 am on March 14th, 2012:

    You’re right on the dependence on God thing for sure! Thanks for the comment!

  5. 5 Karl Bastian said at 11:47 pm on July 14th, 2012:

    Great post! The way I see it, blogs aren’t for leading, they are for networking, sharing, communicating and learning. We lead those who God has placed on our teams, whether that be in a church or ministry. Our blog is where we share what we are learning on the journey. I love reading what others are learning, we share ourselves so that we are giving, and not just taking from others. It’s a give and share relationship. I share what I’m learning, and I read what others are sharing, and together we all become better servants and leaders.

  6. 6 Karl Bastian said at 11:47 pm on July 14th, 2012:

    Great post! The way I see it, blogs aren’t for leading, they are for networking, sharing, communicating and learning. We lead those who God has placed on our teams, whether that be in a church or ministry. Our blog is where we share what we are learning on the journey. I love reading what others are learning, we share ourselves so that we are giving, and not just taking from others. It’s a give and share relationship. I share what I’m learning, and I read what others are sharing, and together we all become better servants and leaders.

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